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Guide to '''La Plata County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
[http://co.laplata.co.us/ La Plata County Courthouse]<br>1060 E 2nd Ave<br>Durango, CO 81301-5157<br>Phone: 970.382.6219 <br>  
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|organized=  February 10,  1874
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|county seat= Durango
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|parent county= [[Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy|Conejos]] and [[Lake County, Colorado Genealogy|Lake]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Archuleta County, Colorado Genealogy|Archuleta]]
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|county2= [[Dolores County, Colorado Genealogy|Dolores]]
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|county3= [[Hinsdale County, Colorado Genealogy|Hinsdale]]
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|county4= [[Montezuma County, Colorado Genealogy|Montezuma]]
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|county5= [[San Juan County, Colorado Genealogy|San Juan]]
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|county6= [[San Juan County, New Mexico Genealogy|San Juan (NM)]]</br><center>[[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
County Clerk has marriage records from 1878 and land records from 1876; <br>Clerk District Court has divorce and probate records; County Court has court<br>records; San Juan Basin Health Department has birth, death and burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), La Plata County, Colorado. Page 99 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History<br> ==
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The County was named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains "La plata" is the Spanish language word for "silver". The County has Durango as it's seat and the County was created February 10, 1874. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "La Plata, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/laplata/ 6/29/2017.</ref>
  
&nbsp;Parent County  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{CO Courthouse Intro|La Plata}}
  
'''1874--'''La Plata County was created 10 February 1874 from [[Conejos County, Colorado|Conejos]] and [[Lake County, Colorado|Lake]] Counties
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'''La Plata County Courthouse'''<br>1060 E 2nd Ave<br>Durango, CO 81301-5157<br>Phone: 970.382.6219<br>[http://co.laplata.co.us/ La Plata County website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has marriage records from 1878 and land records from 1876; <br>Clerk District Court has divorce and probate records; <br>County Court has court records; <br>San Juan Basin Health Department has birth, death and burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), La Plata County, Colorado. Page 99 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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Early records are with Vital Statistics Registrar, City Hall, Durango: also clerk and recorder's office 1900-1912. <br>Some early marriages in San Juan County clerk and recorder's office.<ref name="red book">''The Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources''. Edited by Alice Eichholz. (Ancestry, Provo; 3d ed, 2004.) Colorado article by Birdie Monk Holzclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising. page 93.</ref>
  
*&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Durango <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>&nbsp;
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=== La Plata County, Colorado Record Dates  ===
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{{CO Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), La Plata County, Colorado. Page 99 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 93.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
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==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{CO Boundary Changes Intro|La Plata}}
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*'''1874--'''La Plata County was created 10 February 1874 from [[Conejos County, Colorado Genealogy|Conejos]] and [[Lake County, Colorado Genealogy|Lake]] Counties.
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*'''County seat:''' Durango<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
  
'''Cities and Towns''' (* incorporated)
 
  
• [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=allison,+colorado&fulltext=Search&ns0=1 Allison]
 
  
• [http://www.bayfieldgov.org/ Bayfield]&nbsp;*<br>• Bondad<br>• Breen<br>• Carbon<br>• Junction<br>• [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=1&search=cascade,+colorado&fulltext=Search&ns0=1 Cascade]<br>• Columbus<br>• [http://www.durangogov.org/ Durango* (county seat)]<br>• Falfa<br>• Florida<br>• Gem-Village<br>• Grandview<br>• [http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=hermosa,+colorado&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=iED0TOy0LIy2sAP9wL3UCw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=6&ved=0CEMQsAQwBQ&biw=604&bih=542 Hermosa]&nbsp;<sup>[</sup>[http://colorado.hometownlocator.com/co/la-plata/hermosa.cfm <sup>2</sup>]<sup>]<br></sup>• [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesperus,_Colorado Hesperus]<br>• [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio,_Colorado Ignacio]* <sup>[</sup>[http://www.townofignacio.com/ <sup>2</sup>]<sup>]<br></sup>• [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kline,_Colorado Kline]<br>• La Boca<br>• La Plata<br>• La Posta<br>• Loma Linda<br>• [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel,_Colorado Marvel]<br>• Mayday<br>• Oxford<br>• Pinon Acres<br>• [[Red Mesa, La Plata County, Colorado|Redmesa]]<br>• Rockwood<br>• Tacoma<br>• Tiffany<br>• Trimble<br>• Vallecito
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{CO Populated Places Intro|La Plata}}
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The following are locations in La Plata County, Colorado:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "La Plata County, Colorado," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La Plata_County,_Colorado, accessed 28 May 2017.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durango,_Colorado Durango]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayfield,_Colorado Bayfield]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio,_Colorado Ignacio]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison,_Colorado Allison]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondad,_Colorado Bondad]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breen,_Colorado Breen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falfa,_Colorado Falfa]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gem_Village_Colorado Gem Village]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermosa,_Colorado Hermosa]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesperus,_Colorado Hesperus]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kline,_Colorado Kline]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel,_Colorado Marvel]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayday,_Colorado Mayday]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford,_Colorado Oxford]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redmesa,_Colorado Redmesa]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany,_Colorado Tiffany]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Ute,_Colorado Southern Ute]</div>
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* Greysill Mines</div>
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* La Plata</div>
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* Parrott City<ref>[http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/co/parrot.html  Parrott]</ref></div>
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*[[Archuleta County, Colorado|Archuleta]]  
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*&nbsp;[[Dolores County, Colorado|Dolores]]  
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*[[Hinsdale County, Colorado|Hinsdale]]  
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*[[Montezuma County, Colorado|Montezuma]]  
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=allison,+colorado&fulltext=Search&ns0=1 Allison]
*[[San Juan County, Colorado|San Juan]]  
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* [http://www.bayfieldgov.org/ Bayfield]&nbsp;*
*[[San Juan County, New Mexico|San Juan County, New Mexico]]
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* Carbon
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=1&search=cascade,+colorado&fulltext=Search&ns0=1 Cascade]
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* Columbus
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* [http://www.durangogov.org/ Durango* (county seat)]
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* Falfa
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* Florida
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* Gem-Village
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* Grandview
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* [http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=hermosa,+colorado&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=iED0TOy0LIy2sAP9wL3UCw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=6&ved=0CEMQsAQwBQ&biw=604&bih=542 Hermosa]&nbsp;<sup>[</sup>[http://colorado.hometownlocator.com/co/la-plata/hermosa.cfm <sup>2</sup>]<sup>]
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* </sup> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesperus,_Colorado Hesperus]
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio,_Colorado Ignacio]* <sup>[</sup>[http://www.townofignacio.com/ <sup>2</sup>]<sup>]
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* Junction
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* </sup> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kline,_Colorado Kline]
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*  La Boca
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*  La Plata
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*  La Posta
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*  Loma Linda
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel,_Colorado Marvel]
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* Mayday
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*  Oxford
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*  Pinon Acres
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[[Red Mesa, La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy|Redmesa]]
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* Rockwood
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*  Tacoma
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*  Tiffany
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*  Trimble
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*  Vallecito
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== Resources  ==
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{CO Historical Timeline Intro|La Plata}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{CO Resources Intro|La Plata}}
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57148&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Allison Tiffany] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57155&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274& Animas] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57170&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Bayfield] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2332433&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Bondad] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57232&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Crestview Memorial Garden] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57253&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Elco] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2230026&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Family] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=457111&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Florida] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57327&CScn=hesperus&CScntry=4&CSst=7& Greenmount] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57325&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Hay Gulch] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57326&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Hermosa] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57327&CScn=hesperus&CScntry=4&CSst=7& Hesperus] *I[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2198696&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& gnacio East] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2152882&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Ignacio West] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57373&CScn=kline& Kline] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57375&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& La Boca] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=581093&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& La Posta] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57417&CScn=marvel&CScntry=4&CSst=7& Marvel] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57474&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Ouray Memorial] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=581112&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Oxford] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2271651 Redmesa]&nbsp; [http://coloradogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=368 2] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57550&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Shreck] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57579&CScn=thompson&CScntry=4&CSst=7& Thompson]&nbsp;*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2153427&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Three Rivers] *[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57581&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Tiffany]
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{CO Bible Intro|La Plata}}
  
==== Census ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{CO Biographies Intro|La Plata}}
  
{{Census|Colorado}}  
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{CO Business Records Intro|La Plata}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{CO Cemeteries Intro|La Plata}}
  
&nbsp;'''LDS Ward and Branch Records''' *  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of La Plata County, Colorado''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=7&GScnty=274&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://cogenweb.com/laplata/ COGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/co/laplata.htm#cemetery COGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/colorado/laplata.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://coloradogravestones.org/search.php?cid=34&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Colorado Gravestones]
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22LaPlata%20County%2C%20Colorado%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|470594|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cemeteries+La+Plata+County%2C+Colorado&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
  
*Allison  
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*Durango  
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*Kline  
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*Pine River  
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/#action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57148&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Allison Tiffany]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57155&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274& Animas]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57170&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Bayfield]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57232&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Crestview Memorial Garden]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57253&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Elco]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=457111&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Florida]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1013065&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274& Greenmount]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57325&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Hay Gulch]
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| style="vertical-align:top; padding-right:1em"|
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57326&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Hermosa]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57327&CScn=hesperus&CScntry=4&CSst=7& Hesperus]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2198696&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Ignacio East]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2152882&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Ignacio West]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57373&CScn=kline& Kline]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57375&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& La Boca]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=581093&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& La Posta]
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| style="vertical-align:top; padding-right:1em"|
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57417&CScn=marvel&CScntry=4&CSst=7& Marvel]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57474&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=1& Ouray Memorial]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=581112&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Oxford]
 +
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2271651&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Redmesa]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57550&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Shreck]
 +
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57579&CScn=thompson&CScntry=4&CSst=7& Thompson]&nbsp;
 +
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57581&CScntry=4&CSst=7&CScnty=274&CSsr=21& Tiffany]
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|}
 +
 
 +
=== Census Records ===
 +
{{CO Census Intro|La Plata}}
 +
{{Historical populations
 +
|type = USA
 +
|heading = Census
 +
|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Plata_County,_Colorado#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1880 |1110
 +
|1890 |5509
 +
|1900 |7016
 +
|1910 |10812
 +
|1920 |11218
 +
|1930 |12975
 +
|1940 |15494
 +
|1950 |14880
 +
|1960 |19225
 +
|1970 |19199
 +
|1980 |27424
 +
|1990 |32282
 +
|2000 |43941
 +
|2010 |51334
 +
}}
 +
====State and Territory Census Records====
 +
*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado was included in the 1860 Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories Censuses
 +
*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Colorado Territory Census
 +
*'''1885''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807096 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6837 Colorado State Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images<br>
 +
 
 +
==== Federal Census Records ====
 +
The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.<ref>William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.</ref> For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Colorado Census]].<br>
 +
*'''1860-1940''' Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=378&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Colorado%22%20%2Bsubject%3ACensus FamilySearch.org] — index/images
 +
 
 +
=== Church Records ===
 +
{{CO Church Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
'''Online Church Records'''<br>
 +
''Presbyterian Church''<br>
 +
*'''1743-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
 +
 
 +
'''LDS Ward and Branch Records
 +
 
 +
*Allison
 +
*Durango
 +
*Kline
 +
*Pine River
 
*Redmesa
 
*Redmesa
  
==== Court  ====
+
=== Court Records ===
 +
{{CO Court Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
Numerous records are available at [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Archives]. To use this link scroll down the page to where it asks for Record Type.  Click there and scroll down the list to the records you want and select.  The next field asks for county. Select the county you want and then click on Search. You can narrow the search by adding the additional information it asks for.
 +
 
 +
'''1935-1942''' An Index of the [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search WPA Employment Case Files] between 1935 and 1942 was compiled from the official record of the Colorado Department of Public Welfare, La Plata County Office. The information contained in the record generally shows:
 +
 
 +
*Name of the applicant
 +
*Date of the filing
 +
*Case number
 +
*Name(s) and location of next of kin<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228236848637_587" />
 +
*Date applicant accepted for employment
 +
*Military service dates
 +
*General work experience record and qualifications
 +
 
 +
=== Directories ===
 +
{{CO Directories Intro|La Plata}}
 +
'''Online Directories'''<br>
 +
*'''1911''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images, Durango City Directory<br>
 +
 
 +
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 +
{{CO Emigration Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
 +
{{CO Ethnic Groups Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Funeral Homes  ===
 +
{{CO Funeral Homes Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Genealogies ===
 +
{{CO Genealogies Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Guardianship ===
 +
{{CO Guardianship Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Land and Property Records ===
 +
{{CO Land Intro|La Plata}}
 +
''Online Land Records''<br>
 +
 
 +
*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado DPA Land Records] - Index only; Choose ''Record Type,'' and search either "Land Patents" or "Land Records."<br>
 +
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available<br>
 +
*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
 +
*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images<br>
 +
*'''1862-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3313 Denver Land Office Records, 1862-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index only<br>
 +
For more information see [[Colorado Land and Property]]<br>
 +
 
 +
=== Local Histories ===
 +
{{CO Histories Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 +
{{CO Maps Intro|La Plata}}
 +
[[Image:Colaplata.jpg|right|250px]]<br>
 +
*[http://www.mapofus.org/colorado/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Colorado] - shows boundary changes for Colorado Counties<br>
 +
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/CO_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Colorado Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
 +
 
 +
=== Migration ===
 +
{{CO Migration Intro|La Plata}}
  
An&nbsp;Index of the [http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/wpa/laplata.html WPA Employment Case Files] between 1935 and 1942&nbsp; was compiled from the official record of the Colorado Department of Public Welfare, La Plata County Office. The information contained[https://help.familysearch.org/help/feedback Feedback]&nbsp;in the record generally shows: *Name of the applicant&nbsp; *Date of the filing *Case number *Name(s) and location of next of kin<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228236848637_587" /> *Date applicant accepted for employment *Military service dates *General work experience record and qualifications.
+
=== Military Records ===
 +
{{CO Military Intro|La Plata}}
  
=== Land  ===
+
==== Online Collections ====
 +
These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Colorado Military Records|Colorado Military Records]].<br>
  
=== Local Histories  ===
+
''All Veterans''<br>
 +
*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Veterans Grave Registration Index] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Military - Grave<br>
  
=== Maps  ===
+
''Civil War''<br>
 +
*[https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Civil War Casualties Index] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Civil War Casualty<br>
 +
*'''1861-1865''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Volunteers Transcript of Record Index (1861-1865)] at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Transcript of Record<br>
  
=== Military  ===
+
''Spanish-American War (1898)''<br>
 +
*'''1898''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado Volunteers in the Spanish American War, 1898] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Span-Am War Soldiers<br>
  
=== Newspapers  ===
+
''World War I''<br>
 +
*'''1916-1919''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Denver War Risk Insurance Applicants, 1916-1919] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, War Risk Insurance<br>
 +
*'''1917-1922''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives World War I Civilian Service Questionnaires, 1917-1922] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, WWI Questionnaire<br>
 +
*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5442 Colorado Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com/] — ($), index<br>
  
=== Probate  ===
+
''Vietnam War''<br>
 +
*'''1966 & 1968''' - [https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/archives-search Colorado State Archives Vietnam War Casualties - June-December 1966 & January-December 1968] - at the [https://www.colorado.gov/archives/ Colorado State Archives website] - Index only; In the ''Record Type'' field, select, Vietnam Deaths<br>
  
=== Taxation  ===
+
For further information see [[Colorado Military Records]].
  
==== Vital Records  ====
+
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 +
{{CO Naturalization Intro|La Plata}}
  
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_87" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_866" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_480" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_545" />  
+
''Online Records''<br>
 +
*'''1868-1990''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61194 Colorado, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1868-1990] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1876-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|2285702|Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images only; District Court records<br>
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp; ==
+
=== Newspapers ===
 +
{{CO Newspapers Intro|La Plata}}
 +
''Colorado Newspapers Online''
 +
*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/co Colorado Online Historical Newspapers online] - in the [https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/ Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection] by the Colorado State Library
 +
*[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Colorado/Default.aspx?category=38&ldf=2 Colorado Newspapers] at [https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($)
 +
*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/colorado GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Colorado newspapers
 +
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/colorado/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Colorado newspapers
 +
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Colorado newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
 +
*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
  
Pine River Public Library District/Bayfield<br>395 Center Drive<br>Bayfield, CO 81122<br>Phone: (970) 884-2222<br>Website [http://www.lmpl.org/ http://www.lmpl.org/]  
+
''Colorado Newspaper Catalogs''
 +
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
  
<br>Durango Public Library<br>1188 E Second Ave<br>Durango, CO 81301<br>Phone: (970) 375-3380<br>Website [http://www.durangopubliclibrary.org/ www.durangopubliclibrary.org/]
 
  
<br>Ignacio Library District<br>470 Goddard Ave<br>Ignacio, CO 81137<br>Phone: (970) 563-9287<br>Website [http://ignaciolibrary.com/ ignaciolibrary.com/]
+
=== Obituaries ===
 +
{{CO Obituaries Intro|La Plata}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
+
=== Other Records ===
 +
{{CO Other Records Intro|La Plata}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
+
=== Periodicals ===
*[[Durango Colorado Family History Center]]  
+
{{CO Periodicals Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Probate Records ===
 +
{{CO Probate Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
'''Online Records
 +
*'''1875–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8665 Colorado Wills and Probate Records 1875-1974] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 +
 
 +
=== School Records ===
 +
{{CO Schools Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Tax Records ===
 +
{{CO Tax Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Vital Records ===
 +
{{CO Vital Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
'''[[Colorado Vital Records Search|Colorado Vital Records Search]]'''&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_87" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_866" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_480" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1291229777500_545" />
 +
 
 +
==== Birth ====
 +
{{CO Vital Records - Birth Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. <ref name="registrar">Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov</ref>
 +
 
 +
==== Marriage ====
 +
{{CO Vital Records - Marriage Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
''Online Records''<br>
 +
*'''1809-2011''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westernstates/alphabeticalListOfCounties.cfm list of counties included]<br>
 +
*'''1853-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|1932434|Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch.org] - Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1862-2006''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61366 Colorado, County Marriages and State Indexes, 1862-2006] at [http://http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($), Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1864-1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1942851|Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images<br>
 +
*'''1900-1939''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60251 Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Browseable images of original index<br>
 +
 
 +
==== Death ====
 +
{{CO Vital Records - Death Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. <ref name="registrar" />
 +
 
 +
==== Divorce ====
 +
{{CO Vital Records - Divorce Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
''Online Records''<br>
 +
*'''1851-1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60927 Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($); Index only<br>
 +
*'''1900-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2043439|Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Browseable images of original index<br>
 +
 
 +
== Research Facilities ==
 +
{{CO Research Facilities Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
=== Archives ===
 +
{{CO Archives Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
{{CO Archives}}<br><br>'''1935-1942''' La Plata County WPA Enrollments
 +
 
 +
=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[[Durango Colorado Family History Center]]
 
*[[Redmesa Colorado Family History Center]]
 
*[[Redmesa Colorado Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
+
=== Libraries ===
 +
{{CO Libraries Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
{| width="90%"
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|-
 +
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 +
'''Pine River Public Library District/Bayfield'''<br>395 Center Drive<br>Bayfield, CO 81122<br>Phone: (970) 884-2222<br>[http://prlibrary.org/ Website]<br><br>
 +
'''Durango Public Library'''<br>1188 E Second Ave<br>Durango, CO 81301<br>Phone: (970) 375-3380<br>[http://www.durangopubliclibrary.org/ Website]<br><br>
 +
| style="vertical-align:top; padding-right:1em"|
 +
'''Ignacio Library District'''<br>470 Goddard Ave<br>Ignacio, CO 81137<br>Phone: (970) 563-9287<br>[https://ignaciolibrary.org/ Website]<br><br>
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
=== Museums ===
 +
{{CO Museums Intro|La Plata}}
 +
== Societies ==
 +
{{CO Societies Intro|La Plata}}
 +
 
 +
'''La Plata County Historical Society & The Animas Museum'''<br>PO Box 3384<br> 3065 West 2nd Ave.<br> Durango, CO 81301-4209<br>Telephone: 970-259-2402<br>E-mail: [mailto:animasmuseum@frontier.net animasmuseum@frontier.net]<br>[http://www.animasmuseum.org/ Website]
 +
 
 +
'''Four Corners Genealogy Society'''<br>PO Box 2636<br> Durango CO 81302
 +
 
 +
'''Genealogical Research Society Of Durango'''<br> 2720 Delwood<br>Durango CO 81301
 +
 
 +
== Websites ==
 +
{{CO Websites Intro|La Plata}}
  
*{{FHL|Colorado%2C+La+Plata|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} *[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/La_Plata/ La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium) == References == <references />{{Colorado|Colorado}}
+
*{{FHL Place IDNum|205379|Colorado|La%20Plata}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
 +
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CO/La_Plata/ La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
{{Colorado-stub}}  
+
== Research Guides ==
 +
{{CO Research Guides Intro|La Plata}}
  
== References ==
+
== References ==
 +
<references />
  
[[Category:La_Plata_County,_Colorado]]
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{{Colorado|Colorado}}
 +
[[Category:La_Plata_County,_Colorado]][[Category:Colorado_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 20:40, 23 August 2017

United States
Colorado
La Plata County

Guide to La Plata County, Colorado ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Durango
Organized: February 10, 1874
Parent County(s): Conejos and Lake [1]
Neighboring Counties
Archuleta  • Dolores  • Hinsdale  • Montezuma  • San Juan  • San Juan (NM)
See County Maps
Courthouse
ColoradoLaPlataCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Colorado La Plata County.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

The County was named for the La Plata River and the La Plata Mountains "La plata" is the Spanish language word for "silver". The County has Durango as it's seat and the County was created February 10, 1874. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

La Plata County Courthouse
1060 E 2nd Ave
Durango, CO 81301-5157
Phone: 970.382.6219
La Plata County website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1878 and land records from 1876;
Clerk District Court has divorce and probate records;
County Court has court records;
San Juan Basin Health Department has birth, death and burial records[3]
Early records are with Vital Statistics Registrar, City Hall, Durango: also clerk and recorder's office 1900-1912.
Some early marriages in San Juan County clerk and recorder's office.[4]

La Plata County, Colorado Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1895 1878 1895 1874 1876 1874 1860

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes


Populated Places

The following are locations in La Plata County, Colorado:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Greysill Mines
  • La Plata
  • Parrott City[8]


  • Marvel
  • Mayday
  • Oxford
  • Pinon Acres
  • Redmesa
  • Rockwood
  • Tacoma
  • Tiffany
  • Trimble
  • Vallecito

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of La Plata County, Colorado online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Colorado Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

In 1860, present-day Colorado was enumerated in the Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 and was enumerated as such in the 1870 Census. A state census was taken in 1885 for Colorado.[9] See links listed below.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 1,110
1890 5,509 396.3%
1900 7,016 27.4%
1910 10,812 54.1%
1920 11,218 3.8%
1930 12,975 15.7%
1940 15,494 19.4%
1950 14,880 −4.0%
1960 19,225 29.2%
1970 19,199 −0.1%
1980 27,424 42.8%
1990 32,282 17.7%
2000 43,941 36.1%
2010 51,334 16.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State and Territory Census Records

Federal Census Records

The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.[10] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Colorado Census.

  • 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at FamilySearch.org — index/images

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Colorado denominations, view the Colorado Church Records wiki page.

Online Church Records
Presbyterian Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Allison
  • Durango
  • Kline
  • Pine River
  • Redmesa

Court Records

Numerous records are available at Colorado Archives. To use this link scroll down the page to where it asks for Record Type. Click there and scroll down the list to the records you want and select. The next field asks for county. Select the county you want and then click on Search. You can narrow the search by adding the additional information it asks for.

1935-1942 An Index of the WPA Employment Case Files between 1935 and 1942 was compiled from the official record of the Colorado Department of Public Welfare, La Plata County Office. The information contained in the record generally shows:

  • Name of the applicant
  • Date of the filing
  • Case number
  • Name(s) and location of next of kin
  • Date applicant accepted for employment
  • Military service dates
  • General work experience record and qualifications

Directories

Online Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Colorado Land and Property for additional information about early Colorado land grants.

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where current records are also housed.


Online Land Records

For more information see Colorado Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Colorado Military Records.

All Veterans

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

Vietnam War

For further information see Colorado Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records

Newspapers

For more information, see Colorado Newspapers.

Colorado Newspapers Online

Colorado Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records have been kept by the county courts. Colorado probate records include bonds, affidavits, letters, claims, appraisals, fee accounts, minutes, judgments, dockets, calendars, case files, and wills. The Family History Library does not have copies of probate records from Colorado.

You may obtain copies of documents from the clerk's office in the county courthouse.


Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

Colorado tax records complement land records and can be used as supplements to censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records. To find tax records in the FamilySearch Catalog, do a Place Search for the county.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Vital Records Section Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Colorado.

Colorado Vital Records Search 

Birth

Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. [11]

Marriage

Online Records

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [11]

Divorce

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for La Plata County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
(Statewide)
1880-1939 Divorce Index
1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
1897-1920 Horseshoers
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths

1935-1942 La Plata County WPA Enrollments

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Pine River Public Library District/Bayfield
395 Center Drive
Bayfield, CO 81122
Phone: (970) 884-2222
Website

Durango Public Library
1188 E Second Ave
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: (970) 375-3380
Website

Ignacio Library District
470 Goddard Ave
Ignacio, CO 81137
Phone: (970) 563-9287
Website

Museums

Societies

La Plata County Historical Society & The Animas Museum
PO Box 3384
3065 West 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO 81301-4209
Telephone: 970-259-2402
E-mail: animasmuseum@frontier.net
Website

Four Corners Genealogy Society
PO Box 2636
Durango CO 81302

Genealogical Research Society Of Durango
2720 Delwood
Durango CO 81301

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, "La Plata, Colorado Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/colo/laplata/ 6/29/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), La Plata County, Colorado. Page 99 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. (Ancestry, Provo; 3d ed, 2004.) Colorado article by Birdie Monk Holzclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising. page 93.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), La Plata County, Colorado. Page 99 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 93.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "La Plata County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La Plata_County,_Colorado, accessed 28 May 2017.
  8. Parrott
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 86. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
  10. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov